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Publisher's Summary

The producer of a troubled play invites the cast to spend the weekend in his remote Scottish Highlands estate to hash out the problems. When the housemaid finds the playwright murdered in bed, Thomas Lynley and his partner must unmask the villain.

©1992 Susan Elizabeth George (P)1992 Recorded Books

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Fair for Elizabeth George

I have read the 7 or 8 most recent Inspector Lynley novels and am a big fan. I went back to this which was an earlier book in the series and found the story only fair and it seemed to drag on, a bit tedious at times.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • D.
  • 05-08-15

Glad I stuck w it!

I wasn't sure I liked this book at first. But one third of the way I was hooked! I really like the Lynley and Havers partnership. Looking forward to the next book :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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loved it! excellent writing by Elizabeth George!!!

I love the Inspector Lynley series. Elizabeth George always keeps me in suspense. I'm going to listen to all her books!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Payment In Blood

Excellent writing as usual. The relationship between Inspector Lyney and his Sargent Havers, is so interesting, both from the opposite sides of the class system in England. As they solve the mysteries together neither one understanding the other, so lots of interesting interaction as they learn to understand the others world. I enjoy all Elizabeth George mysterys, glad she is such a prolific writer.

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  • A.
  • Merritt Island, FL, United States
  • 05-24-18

Ok

There were so many characters and different story lines and such a long book that it was hard to keep track of what was going on. Except that it was not hard to see the main character's prejudice. After a while, it just became noise. But I won't give up on this author.

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Very slow going

Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Davina Porter?

Not sure if I will try another book by this author. I made it to the end of Part 1 then skipped to the end of part 2 so I could see who did it. I found this book to be very slow going and had a difficult time differentiating the various characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

Not sure if I will listen to another book by George?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Davina Porter?

I liked the narrator's voice but for me the voices of the different characters was not clear enough for me to make out who was who. Perhaps the problem was there are so many characters that finding voices for all of them would be impossible for any narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I really liked the plot of this book and kept trying to plod along with it but just couldn't manage. Skipped to the end to see who did it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sexist, racist and even homophobic!

This book is filled with women who are passive and dependent on their men, with the exception of the female police officer who is described as unattractive and difficult. The men, of course, while imperfect, are self possessed and dominant. Then there’s the Black cop (with his “electric smile”) who is specifically brought in because they need some muscle, and jokes with the White detective that he is going to date his sister (for a laugh). Finally, there’s the gratuitous gay guy at the end who looks like a young, beautiful boy and has a voice that’s “almost feminine.” Seriously, I never write reviews but you need to know what dreck this is before buying it.

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Save your Audible credits and 10 hours of your life...

.... I have tried to provide you, dear reader, with specific examples of the insipid dialogue, the one-dimensional female characters, and ridiculousness of the plot, but there’s just not enough space here. I’m guessing the author is trying to emulate a good old-fashioned Agatha Christie “who dunnit”, but the result is just annoying. Many of her other works provide good, entertainment, this, however, is not one of those books.

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  • GG
  • 04-23-18

Drama

There is too much drama and too much preoccupation with who is sleeping with whose husband/wife.

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Davina Porter is divine

Wonderful reading of a thrilling, touching story. For those who are worried that they can’t find anymore true cozy British mysteries.